Art for Adoption: Face Painting #2

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This past Saturday I had the privilege of setting up my little face painting booth at the Heritage Festival in downtown Andrews, NC where we live.   As soon as I was set up to paint,  kids began lining up and before I knew it, I had been painting faces for 3 hours with no break! These kids were so excited to have their faces painted. When I was finished with each one, I would hand them a mirror so they could check out their transformation… it was my favorite part!  Some of the little ones actually squealed with excitement when they saw their faces painted! Shy little girl’s lit up in smiles when they saw themselves as a butterfly or kitten.  One little boy got his face painted like Spider Man, then after lunch, he came back to have his face re-painted like Spider Man again!

The people at the festival really enjoyed it, and so did I. I painted faces from 10am to 4:30pm and raised over $185! I am very thankful for such a fun and rewarding way to raise money to bring  our new son home from Haiti.

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So far, I have been able to raise $241 painting faces and I am scheduled to paint faces this Friday night (4th of July) for ArtWalk in Murphy! So, if you are in the area and would like to get your kid’s face painted, stop by. I will be set up outside the Murphy Art Guild.

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Check out our fundraising project and help us raise money to adopt from HAITI

Check out our fundraising project and help us raise money to adopt from HAITI

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Davis Nation Adoption Video

Hello everyone! As you know we are adopting from Haiti. This weekend we made a video about our adoption and how you can partner with us in giving a little boy a forever family. Check out our video about our adoption from Haiti and share the link with everyone you know!

 

Go here to read more info on Adopt An Envelope!

My ONE WORD 365

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I am participating in the ONEWORD365.com challenge! ADVENTURE is my one word to focus on this year! According to a solid online resource, Wikipedia, an adventure is an exciting or unusual experience! I am planning a bunch for this year!

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1. Adopting a little boy! Please join our FB page for updates and info on our current status. Also, you can go here to donate to our adoption fund! We are over half way there:)

2. Rebranding my blog! What? Mavisdavis, where are you going? Well, I am not going anywhere! That’s the point. The name is a bit confusing for new readers who may think, “her name is Amy, why would she call herself Mavis?” So, I am skipping all the confusion and re-branding my blog. I will focus my writing on creativity, missions, motherhood and creative ways to connect the three. I will also be sharing my adventures in motherhood and life at SWO. Basically what I already blog about, but I need a new blog name! So, brainstorm and email me your suggestions. If you have the winning suggestion for my new blog name, I will send you a free piece of art!
*Also, there will be plenty of warning before I shut down MavisDavis.wordpress.com!

Alani with her guitar and me with the banjo on Christmas!

Alani with her guitar and me with the banjo on Christmas!

3. Songwriting! I got a new banjo for Christmas (thanks again, Mom and Steve)! So, I’m taking the leap back into songwriting. It has been about 3 years since I have written a new song.  It is good to feel Lord stirring my heart to write new tunes for our church services at RedOak!

4. Art! I have recently joined a few friends in a little adventure called Stillframe Studio. We are joining our forces in art to create some beautiful things to share! It is up and running, so check it out!

So, those are 4 of my personal ADVENTURES for the year! So, it is appropriate to give my 2014 the name ADVENTURE! You can name your year too! Check out the resolution revolution at ONEWORD365.com and find out what it is all about!

Day 11: Be Strong

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A friend of mine asked me to do a drawing from a verse to put in her home. She has 3 boys. I digitized the artwork and had it printed on an 8X10 for the giveaway. I have a few for sale here. And today’s winner is…
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Tanner Gunthier! Congrats my friend. Thanks for supporting MavisDavis and our family!
You = great!

These are the FACTS!

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This is the logo for my 31 Days of Artsy Giveaways for my blog.

FACT:  Today is September 30th!

FACT:  Today is the last day to buy a ticket to enter our adoption fundraising raffle.

FACT:  Tickets are only $10 each.

FACT:  This is the link for our online fundraising website where you can buy a ticket.

FACT:  My 31 Days of ARTSY GIVEAWAYS starts tomorrow!

So, if you had planned on buying a ticket, today is the last day. If this is the first you have heard of our adoption and the fundraiser, click here to learn more and consider purchasing a ticket to help us raise the money needed to bring a little boy home from Jamaica!

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ART GIVEAWAY!!

Last week we announced the thrilling journey of our upcoming adoption. I am blown away by the encouraging responses from so many of you! While most of the details can be found on our FB page, here, I wanted to share one way you could help us raise money to cover the cost of the adoption as well as win original Amy Davis Artwork!
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It is really easy! We need to sell 600 tickets for a minimum of $10 DONATION each. This will enter your name to win 1 of 31 original hand-lettered pieces of artwork being given away daily during the month of October! So, the more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win something. The tickets will be sold until September 30th. On October 1, I will post a photo of the artwork and the winner of the first give away here! I’ll make sure to post a photo of the giveaway each day!

I will be giving away original hand-lettered designs on canvases, framed prints of hand-lettered artwork, wood signs with burned hand-lettering, decorative coffee mugs and serving platers along with hand-drawn cards, murals from my home reproduced on canvases and more. Right now I am organizing an art calendar. I will post it next week so you can see what giveaways will be up for grabs! All prizes are valued between $20 to $150!
Here are just a few examples of what I am giving away in October.

Original Artwork Printed on Canvas. Size 8X10 and ready to hang!

Original Artwork Printed on Canvas. Size 8X10 and ready to hang!

We Hope for What We Can Not See Original Artwork printed on 8X8 canvas.

We Hope for What We Can Not See Original Artwork printed on 8X8 canvas.

A framed print of this original hand-lettered sign to be given away in the month of October 2013.

A framed print of this original hand-lettered sign to be given away in the month of October 2013.

I am a bit anxious about raising money and asking for help from others, to be honest. It is humbling to open up and share a need in this way. But I am so thankful to have such great support from our family and friends during this season of waiting. I know the Lord will provide all we need to bring a new little man into our home in HIS timing.

Thank you for reading MavisDavis and supporting my family as we pursue Jesus and follow his leading to adopt.

Let the Fundraising begin! Go here to enter today!

We Have An Announcement To Make…

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When the secret of having our third child was out in the open, folks started spouting out all kinds of advice to my husband and I on how to handle the transition from having 2 to 3 children. I remember smiling courteously at men who gave sports analogies and awkwardly laughing at women who patted my big belly. But, for my husband and I, the transition from having zero children to 1 child has been the most earthshaking and challenging part of growing a family thus far.

The first time I held my first little girl in my arms it was surreal. A tiny person had been growing and living in my body for months, and now, after a long awaited arrival, she was in my arms. At last, a little round face and squishy body was matched with the secret name we had picked!

I can remember feeling lost, intimidated, and scared. I felt like this new little person knew a secret about me that everyone else was about to find out. It was as if she was going to tell the world that I was a fake, selfish, insecure woman who knew nothing about being a mother. But as we spent more time together as a family, we found our groove. And soon after, God blessed us with another little girl!
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God has used my becoming a mother for my sanctification and to conform me into more of his likeness. My heart grows daily for my three children and I am eager to teach them the heart of Jesus and to show them how to serve others by the way I serve them. We genuinely enjoy one another. We spend time together and take time to play and laugh together. We feel very connected and are now ready to fold another child into our family.

For the past year, my husband and I have been praying through God’s leading for us to adopt. We have been praying with our children and waiting patiently for God to give us the green light in moving forward in the process. Well, that time has come and I wanted to give you readers the inside scoop on what we need to bring a new child into our home.

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Here’s the scoop:
We are trying to adopt from Jamaica.
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1. A home study needs to take place. This is the bulk of our expense right now. We estimate the home study process to take upwards of $2500.
2. Approval of our home study and application process
3. Pairing with a child
4. Arrangements to bring our child home from Jamaica
5. A blog post thanking everyone for their support of our family!

I want to be clear from the start, I know some people LOVE details on adoption, and some people just want the hot topics. So, for that reason, we have created a FB page dedicated to those who want more information about the process and for quick updates about the journey. Click here if you wan to join, it is called Davis Nation Adoption.

We are preparing some fundraising artwork/projects/opportunities to help raise money for each step of the process. If you feel led to give or help support us in this adoption, please check out the fb page or contact me directly through email or fb message. I am excited to watch the Lord provide all that is required in uniting us with a new child.

Please pray for us as we set out into the unknown and trust the LORD with each step ahead!